Make Your Work Mean Something

Eyes on the End Result


The rhythms of life and work can leave people uninspired. The same old routine day-in and day-out can cloud the purpose of what we've been called to do in our work. The result is often uninspired work, both from ourselves and those we lead. But what if we gave fresh eyes to what we do?  Watch listen to CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby David Green as he shares how he uses his God-given talents and resources in business to enlarge God's kingdom and to serve his employees and customers.



What David and the leaders at Hobby Lobby have tried to do is give a Kingdom view to their work. They strive to care for their employees' well-being, not only at work but outside of it, and they care about the customers they serve. The result is a company which is infused with meaning, from the top executive to the person cleaning the restrooms.

Mike Rusch is Chief Operating Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping fund non-profit projects around the world.  He also has many years experience as an executive in the corporate world. In this first video, Mike speaks about the search for meaning that many people find themselves on, encouraging them to see meaning from what is right in front of them. As you watch, think about the environment you create for those you lead at work and how you set the tone for the meaning they experience in their jobs.


In what ways have you witnessed those you lead struggle with finding meaning in their work?
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Can you identify a unifying theme in their struggle to find meaning? What is it? How do you share that struggle also?
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Mike noted that often the struggle  to find meaning can be overcome by drawing purpose that is already there. Meaning is found by having a focus on the end user of your product or recipient of the service you provide, and in the relationships you have with those you work with.

In what ways can you weave a renewed focus on the end result (whether that is a product or a service) into everything you do?
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How could you instill a vision for the importance of each of your employees' roles as it relates to the success of the end result?
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How do you show those you lead that you care for them? How do you show them that you care more about them as a person than you do about their productivity as an employee?
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Do you think you've created an atmosphere on your team where employees are encouraged to care for one another? Why or Why not?
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Grounded in God


Effectively setting a tone for how your employees find meaning in their work hinges on where you find meaning in yours. In this next video, Mike speaks about the tendency to find our meaning in all the wrong places. 


When are you most prone to see people as commodities, whether they are your employees, contractors, or your customers? What do you think such a mindset says about your heart?
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What opportunities do you have to serve others in your work? How can the way you serve others act as a witness to the God you serve?
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It is so easy to get caught up in finding purpose and meaning in awards and accolades. How do you fight against the temptation to find your purpose in pursing praise from others?
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Whether you manage a team of two or two-thousand, it is easy to lose sight of what you are working for.  When you have the meaning of your work grounded in who God has created you to be and what He has called you to do, you are best equipped to point to the meaning in the work of those you lead.